What is a microchip?
A dog microchip is a very small electronic device that is implanted just under your dog’s skin. It is encoded with a unique number that can be picked up by a microchip scanner. The main benefit of having all dogs microchipped is that it will increase the number of pets that can be reunited with their owner if they go missing. In Ireland it is now illegal to own a pet without a microchip and you could face fines of up to €5,000 in court.
The procedure is very simple, straight forward and is similar to when your pet receives their vaccinations. The chip is inserted using a needle just under the skin between the dog’s shoulders. There is no specific age your pet must be to get them microchipped, but you should consult with your vet to see when they recommend being the best time for your pet.
Microchips are made from a material that is biocompatible making it highly unlikely to cause any reaction or discomfort for your pet. Once your pet is microchipped it will last their entire lifetime as there are no parts in the chip that deteriorate over time.
It is important to always keep your pets microchip database up to date so that the most accurate information is available.
If you are unsure if your pet has a microchip you can take them to your local vet to get them to check for you.
The disadvantage to microchips is that you cannot track the location of your pet and it is only beneficial if whoever finds your pet goes to a local vet and gets them to check the database and contact you.
If you want to be able to find your dog faster, we have the solution with PawTrails GPS Smart Collar which allows you to track the live location of your pet if they go missing. Find your pet no matter where they go.
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